South African all-rounder Chris Morris on Thursday became the most expensive player brought Indian Premier League history as he was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 16.25 crore. With this, Morris beat Yuvraj Singh’s record of being the most expensive player in IPL. With Rs. 16 crore, Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive player brought in IPL history. He was picked up by Delhi Daredevil (now Delhi Capitals) in IPL 2015.
While Morris became the most expensive player ever in the history of IPL, Krishnappa Gowtham became the highest uncapped Indian buy at the auction table.
Morris came in to the auction at a base price of Rs. 75 lakh. The most expensive overseas buy before Morris was Pat Cummins, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2020 for Rs. 15.5 crore.
Morris, a right-arm fast bowler and a lower-order hitter, has played 70 IPL matches and scored 551 runs and also dismissed 80 wickets. In 2012, Morris has made his international debut for South Africa in a T20I against New Zealand. Since then he has played only 23 T20Is and has scored 133 runs and dismissed 34 wickets. However, Morris hasn’t played any international cricket since 2019.
Glenn Maxwell’s value skyrocketed at the IPL auction following a fierce bidding war between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. Eventually at Rs 14 crore CSK relented, while RCB went a step further to rope in the Australian all-rounder.
Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara was bought by Chennai Super Kings on his base price of Rs 50 lakh. Another uncapped player Shahrukh Khan, who had a scintillating Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy campaign also grabbed big bucks and was bought by Punjab for Rs 5.25 crore. New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson, who had listed his base price as Rs. 75 lakh, was bagged by RCB for Rs 15 crore.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali also went for a high price of Rs 7 crore to Chennai Super Kings. Australian Steve Smith, who was released by Rajasthan Royals, was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.20 crore.
England cricket team opener Jason Roy, Australian captain Aaron Finch and Indian middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari were remain unsold in the IPL Auction 2021. West Indian pacer Sheldon Cottrell, right-arm spinner Harbhajan Singh and all rounder Kedar Jadhav go unsold in this auction.